Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On A WRINKLE IN TIME

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"I was like, Oh my god!" She's just so intelligent and so smart and so loving, and she's able and willing to risk her life for the things and people that she loves. It's not about changing everything by yourself, it's about accepting yourself and knowing you're here for a reason.

That same sentiment drives A Wrinkle in Time, director Ava DuVernay's adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic children's novel. I was crying. I was shocked.

I also like the way that the characters come to face their inner fears and isolation. Meg Murry's scientist father, played by the handsome Chris Pine, couldn't resist that possibility. But I really love the heavy dramatic stuff - tell somebody's story in depth. But beyond Meg's lovely locks, the weirdo wigs (one appears to be an inert crimson fox perched on Witherspoon's head) and scary clothes, "A Wrinkle in Time" suggests a pop American version of those Narnia films, complete with allegorical lessons and the usual platitudes, including, ye gods, "Be true to yourself". It's nearly like people will pay money to see themselves represented on screen! "That's how a film has more texture and more nuance, if everyone gets to contribute", she said. Dr. Murray has disappeared without a trace, and Meg is a miserable young teen who is getting bullied at school by mean girls, while she desperately misses her hero dad.

Actor Tessa Thompson opened up about the importance of having this representation on the big screen.

DuVernay shoots for the stars with a highly stylized look and energy to the film that's both visionary and referential.

The three Mrs., as they're called, warn Meg that her father, who's been missing for four years, is in grave danger. "Women, people of color of all kinds, different ages, different body types, different kinds of people - that's what we should have".

I loved traveling with Meg and the crew as they explored the wonders and perils of the universe. What happens when you see things others don't? But one of its most distinguished elements, and what makes so much of it work even though the whole might be fairly messy, is Reid's empathic, melancholy performance. "I did a few complete drafts for the studio over the course of a year and a half, while working on other Disney projects on Broadway and in animation". Too old for Anastasia Krupnik but too young for Jane Eyre, I read books that were about teenage girls who had eating disorders or were dying young. The film is directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th), and has a pretty impressive cast that's composed of Storm Reid, Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling to boot. It's all in her new life motto, which she learned from the "wisest woman in the universe". His scenes with the children didn't seem to have the same emotional sincerity which made me realize I'd never seen him play a father before. I can only picture kids trying to wrap their heads around it, but maybe it's inventive enough to not matter.

"I think there's part of you in your filmmaking, and I do love ending on the hope instead of the dystopia".

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